The Road to College program tutors and prepares economically disadvantaged WFISD secondary students for entry into college development to enter the community workforce. Post secondary education is a key component to retain and attract employers necessary for continued economic development of Wichita County MSA.
The Road to College Program (RTC) was developed to reach economically disadvantaged students in their early education (6th-12th grades). The RTC college program creates a culture of high performance and expectation encouraging the students and their parents or guardians to academically prepare for college. RTC, Universities and Foundations work together to ease access to scholarships and grants.
The RTC Summer Camp held at Midwestern State University (MWSU) serves about 100 students ranging from 6th grade through 12th grade 2022-2023 academic year. With a STEM core and emphasis on advanced level reading, mathematics, writing, speech, social skills, and leadership, the program continues to display excellent outcomes with 99% of parents and guardians saying the program should be continued.
The RTC summer boot camp program will take place in June 2023 at MWSU. The total budget for the program from all sources is expected to be $55,000. The estimated contribution from the SW Rotary Club of Wichita Falls is $10,000. The $45,000 balance will be funded by either COVID-19 funds available to area nonprofit by the City of WF. Of the $10,000 funded by SW Rotary: $2,500 is the DDF grant, $3500 in revenue share from the SW Rotary Flag program and $4,000 represents club funds (member & community donations and other fundraising activities eg. annual clay shoot, flag subscription program) .
Throughout the 2022-2023 SW Rotarian engage with RTC Students and Mentors in several ways. Some members mentor RTC participants (College Mentors as well as High School Students). Students from the RTC program provide more than ½ of the students participating in our youth programs: MSU Scholarships, 4 Way Test Speech Contest, RYLA and our SW Rotary Flag program (flags placed 6 times per year - Rotarian / PTA partner driver & RTC Mentors place flags). RTC mentors also join our weekly meetings 4-6 times per year.
This year, SW Rotary is requesting a $2,500 district grant to help continue to fund the RTC summer bootcamp program. This will be our Rotary clubs seventh year participating in this critically important program,
Addendum to Project Description (added after the project was signed)
Revised Total Budget: $11,872
Club Contribution: $7,500